Okay guys, I’m going to get serious for a minute.
If you’re not in Ireland at the moment, you may not know about the situation regarding the laws on abortion. It is completely illegal, even in cases of rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormality, and other such things.
Women have died in this country because inability to have an abortion put strain on their health. A woman who wasn’t even Irish begged for an abortion because her child was about to die in the womb. The complications arising from her case resulted in her contracting septicaemia, organ failure, and tragically dying.
In 1992, the X Case took place, involving a 14-year-old girl, knowns only as x, who became pregnant after being raped. Instead of offering help to the girl, who because suicidal, they prevented her from travelling out of the country for an abortion.
Any Irish woman* who needs an abortion has to travel to the UK, which means if you don’t have the money, you’re out of luck. What does the Irish Government have to say about this?
Well, recently the UN confronted the Government about our abortion laws, pointing out that we were breaking Human Rights laws, and that the Government treated Irish women* like vessels.
Joan Burton, the Tánaiste, said that there will be no referendum on abortion in this Government’s lifetime. They’re literally saying that they don’t care enough to rectify Human Rights breaches.
I am NOT a vessel, and neither are you. Make your voice heard. Come to the March for Choice on the 27th of September in Dublin.
Never give up, never stay quiet.
This has only been up since last night and LADS, the NOTES. Keep spreading the word!
I am Canadian, and I’m sorry to say until I read this I didn’t know anything about what you women were going through.
This is completely disgusting, I can’t even believe what you’re going through.
And I wish I could come out there and march with you.
But I don’t have the money so I can’t.
But I’m going to keep reblogging this, and sharing it.
And I hope all my followers will too.
This is important people, no matter what gender you are or what country you’re in, everyone deserves their basic human rights, and we need to stand together until this becomes a reality.
So please spread the word for these women.
Be lucky you’re in Ireland though, the situation is 10X worse the the “progressive” United States. Just look at places like Texas or Ohio. It’s fucking inhumane here.
Okay Leigh, I don’t think you understand what the words “outright ban” mean.
Ireland has an outright ban on abortion. That means that under ZERO circumstances can a person who is pregnant obtain an abortion for ANY reason.
The state of Texas does NOT have an outright ban on abortion. Yes, you have to jump through legal hoops and consent to various invasive procedures, and it is very expensive to do so, but it is technically possible.
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So glad this is getting the international attention it deserves. This country is so backwards. But the 8th amendment was brought in via referendum last summer, changing the legislation to include suicide as grounds for an abortion. Also, an abortion is permitted if the pregnancy endangers the life of the woman. In the time that’s passed, both of these cases have happened (and probably many more that never broke the media).
- One woman (Savita Halappanavar) developed septicimia and died, after requesting an abortion but was denied. Strike one for legislation not followed.
- Another woman came to Ireland, seeking safety and refuge after being raped in her own country and becoming pregnant. She requested an abortion at 8 weeks, said she wasn’t ready to have a baby and that she was suicidal. She was referred to a panel of specialists (because women have to prove they’re suicidality to be judged like they’re on some warped talent show where the prize is the right to choose what to do with her own body) who confirmed that she was indeed suicidal. But nothing was done, and she was given information about travelling abroad but lo and behold, she couldn’t afford it and was left hanging. And by then, at about 25 weeks she was told that it was too late to perform an abortion and she was made deliver by C-section - despite staging a hunger strike.
This country is disgusting. Women have been emotionally and physically scarred, women have been shamed, women have died all because this country will not allow them a CHOICE.
Welcome to Ireland, a country where unborn mammals take precedence over women’s rights. Where the government brings the country to an emergency standstill to try and arrange 5 nights of concerts for a country singer, but will brush years of clerical child abuse, the Magdalene laundries, the ongoing denial of women’s biological rights etc under the carpet.
i went to hand out CV’s but then suddenly i was in the fitwilliam museum having a lil cry in the egyptian section. my idea of a good time amirite????
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